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Scoop of the day: MEPs warn Arakhamiya over visa-free travel

Scoop of the day: MEPs warn Arakhamiya over visa-free travel

Coronavirus

Some 3,774 people in Ukraine have tested positive for coronavirus, most cases being registered in Kharkiv Region (446). The case total since the start of the pandemic has now reached 230,236.

The coronavirus has been confirmed with 46 MPs since the start of the pandemic, Ukrinform has learnt from the parliament office.

The Health Ministry will propose tightening coronavirus restrictions if over 60% of beds in coronavirus hospitals are occupied, its head Maksym Stepanov has told ICTV.

Exclusive: The Republic of Korea may provide Ukraine with a certain number of coronavirus vaccines as humanitarian assistance once it starts producing it on its territory, ambassador Ki-сhang Kwon has said in an interview with LB.ua.

Foreign policy

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena will pay an official visit to the UK on 7-8 October. Zelenskyy is expected to have a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to be followed by the signing of the bilateral agreement on political cooperation, free trade and strategic partnership.

Members of the European Parliament Viola von Cramon, Michael Gahler and Rasa Juknevičienė wrote an open letter to Servant of the People faction leader Davyd Arakhamiya in which they explained that he is wrong thinking that the danger of losing visa-freel travel and financial assistance to be only "rumours".

Economy

The Council of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has reprimanded the bank's first deputy governors Kateryna Rozhkova and Dmytro Solohub and voiced their distrust in them. Both are members of previous governor Yakov Smoliy's team. According to the Council, they violated the NBU regulations, its ethics code, internal rules and labour regulations.

President Zelenskyy has said that as of 2021, Ukraine will switch to "paperless" arrangements so that government offices will no longer require paper documents from Ukrainians. He called it "the beginning of a new reality in which Ukraine is digital, modern and comfortable for people".

Donbas

Ukraine's top negotiator on Donbas, Leonid Kravchuk, has said that he plans to form a council made of Donbas natives who would collect opinions and proposals for the trilateral contact group.

Crimean Tatars

Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilyev insists that the president should appoint an envoy in charge of Crimean Tatars' affairs. Taking with Krym.Realii, he noted that there was such an envoy under President Petro Poroshenko but later his activities were suspended.

Wildfires

Seven out of 10 fire beds in Luhansk Region have been put out, the State Emergencies Service has said.

Earlier in the day, the Stanytsya Luhanska district state administration reported another case of arson as a result of which fire was spreading quickly towards power stations.

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